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Spiny Cheep-Cheep is a spiky purple Cheep Cheep species enemy that first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3. They overall have the same abilities and traits that normal Cheep Cheeps can do, but have spikes on which does not make a huge difference as Mario and Luigi cannot attack underwater enemies in regular ways. They are however much more aggressive as they relentlessly pursue the plumbers upon sight and don't stop until they've killed them. Despite this, they can be defeated in the same ways as a regular Cheep Cheep.

History

Super Mario Bros. 3

Mario near a Spiny Cheep-Cheep

Spiny Cheep-Cheeps are first seen in Super Mario Bros. 3. In this game, they only appear in World 7-4 and swim along the main path, despite their spiky nature, they behave identically to regular Cheep-Cheeps and can be defeated in the same ways with the effects of a Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Tanooki Suit, Hammer Suit, or Starman.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

A Spiny Cheep-Cheep

These enemies reappear in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins as underwater enemies once more and were colored black due to the Game Boy's color limitations. It acts similar to how it did in Super Mario Bros. 3 and can also move up and down as well.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Spiny Cheep-Cheeps as seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Spiny Cheep-Cheeps make another appearance in New Super Mario Bros. Wii after eighteen years of absence. They got recolored again into a purple color. They first appear in World 1-4 of the game and later go on to appear in various levels of World 4 as well. They also have a new ability as well, like Deep Cheeps, Spiny Cheep-Cheeps attempt to attack Mario and co. down by chasing them up and down in this game however unlike Deep Cheeps, Spiny Cheep Cheeps are much more aggressive and will continue chasing the heroes even if they move out of the way and won't stop chasing them until they successfully kill them. If the heroes go to land above the water, the Spiny Cheep Cheeps will follow them from below lingering at the surface, if the heroes manage to tag a Checkpoint Flag, the Spiny Cheep-Cheeps will retreat. They can be defeated with the effects of a Fire Flower or Starman. If they are frozen with the effects of an Ice Flower or Penguin Suit, they will be frozen for a few second and slowly rise to the surface before breaking free and chasing the heroes angrily. They can also be defeated by having them hit the ceiling while frozen.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

A Spiny Cheep-Cheep chases Mario.

Spiny Cheep-Cheeps return in New Super Mario Bros. 2 retaining their behavior from the previous game, they are once again seen swimming idly but as soon as Mario (or Luigi) approaches), the Spiny Cheep-Cheep gets mad and chases the plumbers relentlessly and don't stop. Spiny Cheep-Cheeps can be defeated with the effects of a Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Gold Flower, Mega Mushroom, Starman, or Invincibility Leaf and can also be cause to retreat by tagging a Checkpoint Flag. Spiny Cheep-Cheeps are first seen in World 1-5 and from there, commonly appear in World 3.

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

The Luigi Crew escapes several Spiny Cheep-Cheeps through the Pipes.

Spiny Cheep-Cheeps also appear in New Super Mario Bros. U as well as New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. In these games, they can commonly be found in Sparkling Waters as well as Superstar Road levels Swim for Your Life! and Star Coin Deep Dive. They retain their behavior from the previous games and chase after the heroes upon sight. They can once again be defeated with the effects of a Fire Flower or Starman and can be temporarily frozen with the effects of an Ice Flower or Penguin Suit. They can also be forced to retreat by tagging a Checkpoint Flag.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

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Spiny Cheep-Cheeps return in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions replacing the Purple Cheep Cheeps/Puffer-Cheeps from the original. The Spiny Cheep-Cheep fills the role for both enemies taking the form of a Purple Cheep Cheep and then revealing it's spikes from it's hair upon taking damage. They attack by swimming towards the bros., creating a delay and then swimming at them (which they must jump over/on or counter with their hammer depending on the form of the Spiny Cheep-Cheep). Everytime the Spiny Cheep-Cheep takes damage, it changes it's form like the Puffer-Cheep before it. It's Purple Cheep-Cheep form closely resembles the Snow Cheep Cheep which later appeared in Super Mario Odyssey.

They are found throughout the Oho Ocean Seabed.

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Trivia

  • When Spiny Cheep-Cheeps are unfrozen from the Iceball, they appear more angry, but it doesn't effect their behavior at all.
  • So far, the Spiny Cheep-Cheep is the only one of the main Cheep Cheeps to not have a Mega sub-species (as the three do).
  • It is possible that the Spiny Cheep-Cheep is a Baby Cheep equivalent of a Cheep Chomp as they both are aggressive hunters and both are purple.
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